Tips For Preparing Your Home For Sale

1. Tidy up the grounds, porches and garage. Keep the lawn trimmed and edged. Make sure that your yard is clean. First impressions count!

2. Your front door adds to that impression. Be sure it is scrubbed or repainted if necessary!

3. Wash windows and wash / clean window coverings!

4. If any decorating or painting is needed (especially in the kitchen), do it now! Twenty
dollars worth of paint will make a much larger difference in the sales price.

5. Bathrooms help sell homes. Make this room sparkle.

6. Illumination is like a welcome sign. Replace bulbs and turn on the lights!

7. Wash dishes, make beds, put away clothes and straighten up!

8. Keep pets out of the way during showings - many people are allergic!

9. Leave the showing to the sales person. The sales person knows the buyer's requirements
and can best emphasize the features of your home. If possible leave the house during a

10. Don't discuss anything about the sale to a potential customer. Let your agent discuss
price, terms, possession and other items concerning the sale. Your agent is qualified to
bring negotiations to a favorable conclusion. Never apologize for appearance, it either
distracts or accentuates the problem!

11. Pack away valuables, store extra furniture, knick-knacks, guns and medicines!

Look at your home objectively. Pretend your seeing it for the first time, through a buyer's eyes. Call or email me for recommendations on how to stage the property for presentation to prospective buyers. That is part of my expertise. I will be happy to walk through your home with you and help you "set the stage".

Remember, my goal is to help you sell your home for the most amount of money, in the shortest period of time, with the least amount of inconvenience to you.

We only have one chance to make that good first impression!